Hogmanay

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year & so far 2018 is going well for you all.

We had a fabulous start to 2018 celebrating Hogmanay up in Glasgow with some close family friends.

We threw everything but the kitchen sink into the back of the car and drove North of the border on New Years Eve morning. Arriving to a very warm welcome at the beautiful Blythswood Square Hotel.

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We checked into our rooms, checked out the hotel (which was incredible) then went for a quick wander into town. I’d never been to Glasgow before so I was extremely excited to explore the city.

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Just a wee favour to welcome us..

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That evening we had reservations for dinner in the hotel’s restaurant followed by drinks in the bar upstairs. Naturally I was ready a good hour before everyone else so I made everyone else hurry up so we could go and take pictures.

First things first…family selfie

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You’ll have to excuse the mixture of quality pictures. I’ve collated everyones pictures from phones and cameras together so they’re all in one place and we can look back on them like a photo album.

Dickie bows and sparkles all round.

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If you’re ever in Glasgow looking for a place to stay I couldn’t recommend the Blythswood Square Hotel more. It’s very traditional and grand, but sometimes you just need a bit of luxury in your life.

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And with such a beautiful setting you have to dress to fit..

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After an arduous day shopping and spa’ing we finally met up with the Coulthard’s and began our celebrations.

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Sláinte!

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After we were all reunited we headed downstairs to dinner.

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After a rather lengthy photoshoot in front of the tree we were ushered into dinner by the Dad’s. (They complained we wouldn’t have enough time to eat at this rate….drama queens!!)

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We were shown to our table. Which was possibly the biggest table in the whole entire world. I don’t even think our photos do it justice.

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Another cheers to 2017. (Yes, this happened almost every time our glasses were refilled).

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The restaurant was a buzz with people and throughout dinner we were entertained by a fabulous live singer who we actually knew from Cannes.

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A short while later our food began to arrive. An amuse buche of Jerusalem Artichoke Velouté, Soft Herb Oil and Truffle Croutons.

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Tenderstem Broccoli, Soft Poached Hens Egg on Crispy Brioche & Truffle Hollandaise.

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Seared Loin of Monkfish, Lentil Masala, Roast Chicory, Cucumber Chutney, Yoghurt and Curry Oil….shorthand, curried Monkfish which was delicious.

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Finished off with Black Forest Tart. Topped with chocolate, Hazelnuts and Cherry Mousse.

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We didn’t have long before the bells so we quickly moved upstairs where we toasted in the New Year with Champagne and a sing a long to Auld Lang Syne.

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As the evening progressed the merriment continued and we made a couple of new friends.

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The Scots are very friendly people.

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In the early hours of the morning Stovies and scones with jam and cream we brought out (not together) for when everyone got peckish. It didn’t take long until cameras were soon forgotten (probably for the best) and we drank more Champagne than I’d like to admit.

So long 2017.

*Waves goodbye*

We woke up the next morning in pretty good spirits, all things considered, and the world was put right with a good breakfast of pancakes followed by a full Scottish.

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…and a glass of bubbly thrown in for good measure.

New Years Day was spent wondering around the Botanic Gardens. It started out that the only reason we went was because there was nothing else open, and I mean nothing. Glasgow was like a ghost town.

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It ended up bring a really fun and interesting afternoon. If you’re ever in Glasgow then I’d highly recommend. It might seem a bit odd, but trust me give them a chance.

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After an afternoon nap and a relax in the spa we dolled ourselves up and went out for dinner. We went to Browns which unfortunately was a bit dissapointing. The food was average but our waiter was lovely and that made up for the food, so we still had a lovely evening.

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We breifly visited Edinburgh on our way home which was absolutely beautiful. Considering I’d been to neither Glasgow or Edinburgh I’d managed to tick them both off my list by the 2nd Jan which meant my New Year’s Resolution to explore new places was going well. We had a wander around the Christmas Markets and went for hot chocolates.

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I cannot wait to visit Edinburgh again, an afternoon was not nearly enough.

There’s definitely more exploring to do in Glasgow as well, so we’ll be back. Luckily we have a Scottish best friend so I think it’s time we start making the most of that!!

A pretty wonderful way to welcome 2018 in.

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